A language of Japan
ISO 639-3: ryu
||984,000 (2000). Ethnic population: Total ethnic population of Okinawan is 1,200,000 (2000 Yukio).
||Central Okinawa; southern Okinawa Island, Kerama Islands, Kume-jima, Tonaki, Aguna islands, islands east of Okinawa Island.
||Shuri, Naha, Torishima, Kudaka. Inherent intelligibility is generally impossible, or very difficult, with other Ryukyuan languages and Japanese [jpn]. Ryukyuan languages are 62%-70% cognate with Tokyo dialect of Japanese. Ryukyu languages are 62%–70% cognate with Tokyo dialect of Japanese.
||Japonic, Ryukyuan, Amami-Okinawan, Southern Amami-Okinawan
||Mainly adults. Also use Japanese.
||Dictionary. Bible portions: 1855–1858.